A hockey season interrupted
As sons face off, parents hope for the best
Rookie centre Callum Mcandrew got off to a good start this season with Brookfield Elks.
Going into an early season Nova Scotia Hockey League game in Pictou, Mcandrew had recorded four goals and 10 assists in 17 games. He was being heralded as one of the league’s top rookie prospects.
Unfortunately, things changed drastically.
“I injured my right knee in the game Dec. 1st playing against Pictou,” Mcandrew, 17, of Brentwood, said. “The injury kept me off the ice for about a month and a half. An MRI showed I had a bit of a tear in the cartilage, I had a sprained ligament on the inside of the knee and a bone bruise on the outside.”
Mcandrew said he wondered if he’d ever get over the tough injury.
“It was about six weeks before I was allowed to skate lightly. For the first while back on the ice I was doing no-contact practice. But, I got a lot of skating in, after school I’d get as much free ice time as I could, I worked really hard to get my feet back under me.
“It sucks being out, being injured. Those were two tough months, the time I was out injured. It actually took a while and a lot of tests to make certain what my injury was. It was Feb. 1st, two months after being injured, that I was back in the Elks lineup. We played Cole Harbour in a game at the Sportsplex.”
The Elks played well but lost a tough 4-3 decision in overtime, Mcandrew picked up an assist. Playing in two further games, in Cole Harbour and Liverpool, in three games back Mcandrew has one goal and two assists.
“First of all I feel great being back with my teammates,” said Mcandrew. “We have a really great bunch of guys and being back around the rink again, there’s nothing like it. Knowing I can be part of the team again, it’s a good feeling. My play is coming along, I have to keep working hard.”
Elks coach Phil Lynds said his team scouted Mcandrew last spring when he was playing minor midget for Fundy Thunder.
“During early season play this season, the quick forward was one of the top rookies in the league,” Lynds said. “In losing Callum, we had a huge void to fill. Callum could play in all situations.”
Lynds feels there’s been an improvement in Mcandrew’s play each game he’s been back in the lineup.
“Callum is using his shot more, he has quick hands and he creates high velocity on his shot. The coaching staff is delighted to have this guy back in the lineup.”
Mcandrew, a Grade 12 student at South Colchester Academy, said he has made endless friendships all over the Maritimes through hockey.
“My outlook basically is to enjoy playing competitive hockey while I can. I’ve been told by older players that these years can pass by rather quickly and not to take them for granted. I’ve thought about this a lot.”
Mcandrew has also played lacrosse for seven years. He’s in his second season with Mi’kmaq Warriors. In 2017, he attended lacrosse nationals in Calgary.
Can you name the two Camden brothers who play against each other in the Maritime Hockey League? Both players played local minor hockey before going on to major midget with Dartmouth’s Steele Subaru.
Chase Carter, a third-year defenceman, is enjoying his best season in junior hockey with the Edmundston Blizzard, in second place
in the Eastlink North Division. Chase, with two goals and 21 assists in 41 games, has been playing on the Blizzard power play the past 20 games.
Gavynn Carter has a junior background that includes a season in junior B with the Brookfield Elks, half seasons in junior A with both the Truro Bearcats and Edmundston Blizzard and more recently a season and a half with Valley Wildcats. Gavynn, a real team player, has played all three forward positions as well as defence.
The brothers recently suited up against each other in a game in Edmundston as their parents Craig and Angela Carter looked on.
“I guess we hope for the best,” Angela said. “You cheer for both of them; I’m hoping that both sons score. I like both teams – the Wildcats and the Blizzard, there are great boys on both teams. I guess it is a bit of a different hockey situation for sure, you kind of hope for both teams to win.”
Exciting Brookfield Elks rookie centre Callum Mcandrew has returned to the lineup following a serious early season injury.
Chase Carter, left and Gavynn Carter are joined in recent photo by their parents Craig and Angela Carter.